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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health care experts will gather for a summit in Salt Lake City to discuss the rollout of the federal health law and the online insurance marketplaces. The federal website where consumers can shop for health care plans has been plagued by technical troubles since its debut in October, but officials with the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said they’ve addressed a number of problems. Utah brokers and counselors said earlier this week that the process is now much smoother than it was two months ago. By Michelle L. Price. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon.
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — An upscale Salt Lake City suburb that farmed out snow removal services to a private company is in a tizzy after the contractor failed to perform during Utah’s first major winter storm earlier this week. Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore called it one of his top five failures — he didn’t list the others — while the president of the company acknowledged it dropped the ball during Monday’s snowstorm. Residents are angry, and the City Council was holding an emergency meeting Thursday. SENT: 500 words.
BIDDING ON BOEING
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Boeing is the king of the air when it comes to U.S. aircraft production, and more than a dozen states are groveling before his throne, pleading for a chance to share in the riches of the next-generation 777 jetliner. By making lavish offers of buildings, labor deals and huge tax breaks, they all hope to be selected by his highness to assemble the new 777X. The intense competition unfolded in a mere matter of weeks after Washington state machinists rejected a contract. The company said it would look elsewhere, and gave states until next Tuesday to put forth their best proposals. By David A. Lieb. UPCOMING: 900 words with photos by 3 p.m.
NEW YORK— Bright is the new black when it comes to colors and styles for snow bunnies to look their best on the slopes. The move to color in winter-sport outerwear follows a trend seen in clothing for other active pursuits, such as running, rock climbing and cycling. By Samantha Critchell. SENT: 668 words.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Some people were choosing to stay indoors as an arctic blast swept across the Northern Plains, but the prospect of temperatures not cracking single digits had a different effect on the roustabouts, roughnecks and thousands of others working outside in western North Dakota’s oil patch. For them, it was just another challenge to face as they go about the task of pulling nearly a million barrels of oil a day out of the ground. By James MacPherson.
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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — For years, U.S. downhill Travis Ganong has drawn that dreaded label of “skier most likely to break out.” This season would be a good time, considering the Sochi Games are two months away. He feels ready, too. “I’m very solid on my skis, very balanced, comfortable on the World Cup hills. Hopefully this will be the year,” he said. By Pat graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5:30 p.m. ET. — WITH: SKI–Men’s Downhill Training. UPCOMING: 130 words, photos by 5 p.m. ET.
— GIRL DEAD-CLINTON CRASH — Authorities say a 3-year-old Hooper girl who wasn’t fully buckled into a car seat is dead after a head-on crash in Clinton.
— EDUCATION SECRETARY-SALT LAKE — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is visiting Salt Lake City to check the progress of a school trying to make a dramatic turnaround in student achievement.
— BUS TRANSIT-TEXT SERVICE — Figuring out when a transit bus is due to arrive at a bus stop just got easier than carrying paper charts around.
— INVESTMENT FRAUD PLEA — A man accused of defrauding four people out of more than $1 million has agreed pay back the victims as part of a plea deal.
— LAYTON MAYOR-FUNERAL — Layton Mayor Steve Curtis was remembered at his funeral as a man of the people who did the right thing regardless of politics.
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